Spanish Military Hospital
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum building is a reconstruction of a Military Hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Colonial Period, 1784-1821.
St. Augustine , FL 32084
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The Spanish Military Hospital Museum building is a reconstruction of a Military Hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Colonial Period, 1784-1821. Showcased in the museum are areas of Military Hospital life you would have experienced had you been a patient in 1791.
Added by: sdonley on 12/23/2010
Be thankful that you live in the century you do with the latest in medical technology. Visiting the Spanish Military Hospital Museum in St Augustine, FL provides a captivating peek into the past to learn more about how medicine was practiced and patients treated when ill or hurt. This hospital museum presents a interesting view of the hospital life of the Spanish military.
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is actually a reconstruction of the original which stood on the same site from 1784 to 1821. The twenty minute guided tour takes you into several important rooms that have been totally refurbished to reflect 18th century hospital life. For example, you will view the mourning room where the priest gave last rites to patients before they died. The ward where patients were kept looks stark and utilitarian.
The surgeon's office provides quite an eye opener as you view the tools of the trade and learn about some of the practices that are still continued to this day. The apothecary was the only hospital staff person who was allowed to give medications to the patients. With the herbarium onsite, the apothecary could grew the herbs and other plants needed to create the medicines. The administrative offices of the then Spanish Military Hospital are also toured as well.
Added by: sdonley on 12/23/2010
Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.
By the time that the city started tearing down the old walls of this particular hospital in an effort to revamp the water Haunted Spanish Military Hospitallines that carried water to several businesses and residences, many patients and employees of this haunted hospital had been documented in stating that something "evil" and "frightening" seemed to roam the ward. This evil presence seemed to hang in the air like a dense dog, often frightening patients and running off specialists that were hired to treat the sick and the dying. While it was often believed that perhaps the lingering air of death in the ward may have been accountable for these feelings, the city quickly discovered the possible culprit. Once the walls had been removed, and the ground was turned for the new water lines, thousands upon thousands of bones were discovered!
The North Florida Paranormal Research group has established that the bones that were uncovered seem to be in a type of burial ground. It is believed that the burial ground belonged to the Timucuan people. The Timucuan people are a group of Indians that were native to the area of St. Augustine in the earliest years of history. This was quite a remarkable discovery. However, in the year of 1934, a group of people were working at the area near the ever-popular "Fountain of Youth" in St. Augustine, preparing the turning of the ground for an orange tree crop, and another burial ground that was uncovered that seemed to also be Timucuan Indian based. It is believed that the "evil" and "frightening" presence that lurked in the original Spanish Military Hospital were the many souls that had been buried underneath the original structure.
Despite the fact that the new structure has been built, hauntings from the earliest days of St. Augustine still seem to occur. There are several rooms in the new structure. You have Haunted Spanish Military Hospitalthe "Mourning Room", where patients were moved prior to passing on to the other side. It is here that a priest would come into the hospital and "bless" the dying. A number of hauntings have been said to occur here, though all seem to be residual. This means that they are more, or less, recordings of events that took place in this area. None of the hauntings seem to interact with the living. In many cases, there are sounds of cries and screams in this room, and even conversations that seem to be relatively distant. Many have claimed that when they visited this room in the haunted hospital, that there was an imprint on the bed, that looked as though someone were laying on it, but no one was there.
The "Ward" of the Spanish Military Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida is another hot spot for paranormal activity. This is where the sick and the dying were kept until they were moved to the Mourning Room. Seeing that there were many wars throughout the time in which this haunted hospital operated, it is often a room where many were in severe pain, and there were people who were very sick as well. It has been documented that sounds have been heard in this area, objects have been moved, and misty apparitions have been seen here.
Added by: sdonley on 08/05/2017
Here are the paranormal claims for this location. These have been found through Internet research, reports from members, or reports from personal interviews. To add a claim, please contact PANICd.com, and we will review and add your information.
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|1000||12/22/2010||sdonley||Strange balls of light reported in the Ward room.|
|1002||12/29/2010||sdonley||Voices and whispers heard in Ward room.|
|1004||12/30/2010||sdonley||Footsteps are heard both downstairs and upstairs.|
|1005||12/30/2010||sdonley||Bucket in Ward room moved across the room during a evening ghost tour.|
|1006||12/30/2010||sdonley||People have been touched, scratched and even bit on more than one occassion.|
|1007||12/30/2010||sdonley||Strange smells reported.|
|1008||12/30/2010||sdonley||Full bodied apparitions have been seen inside and also outside the building.|
|1009||12/30/2010||sdonley||Doors open and close by themselves. The front door has been unlocked by unseen hands many times.|
|1010||12/30/2010||sdonley||Objects have been thrown at people.|
|1011||12/30/2010||sdonley||People have reported getting physically ill near or within the surgeon's room.|
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|Haunted Places to Go.com
Added: 12/23/2010 By: sdonley
|This site gives some history and claims as to what actually takes place at this location. There are also some information referring to local legends.|
|Haunted American Tours
Added: 12/23/2010 By: sdonley
|Here is an article about the location on the Haunted American Tours website.|
|Peace River Ghost Tracker Website
Added: 12/30/2010 By: sdonley
|This website has a great investigation of this location.|